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Dennis and Kirsten Areias built their dairy farm from the ground up 27 years ago.  They were their own contractors to save money and built in stages when they could afford to.  They love the land and the community they reside in.  Planning on passing the farm down to their children in the near future, they are now wondering if they will be able to.  Not only does the high-speed rail destroy one of their dairies it also makes it nigh on impossible to get from the home ranch to their other properties.  The train tracks will be situated on the south side of Henry Miller Road cutting off any ranches on the south from a way to transport from ranch to ranch efficiently.  Dennis grows feed across the road on a 187 acre parcel.  When he plants and harvests he only has to go across the road, making for a very efficient and inexpensive way to farm his property.  When the rail comes in he will have to go 6.5 miles round trip just to get to the property where he stores the feed.  He has figured that travel will cost an extra $1.20 a ton and he harvests 5000 tons of feed off that land.  Will the CHSRA compensate him for that loss?  On a piece of property down the road the replacement heifers are housed.  He will have to travel many more than the 3 miles he does now to feed them, with a heavy feed truck that can’t travel on highways or canal banks.  That’s if they even have the heifer corrals anymore.  The rail may take them out too.  This land is along side of wetlands and the water table is high, so it is a very delicate balancing act between the farming and the wetlands.  Kirsten tells me that the farming community has work for years to get the water system (canals, wells, etc) to work environmentally and now the rail is cutting it up. She wonders how they will fix it, if they will be able to fix it.  Will the farms survive?

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